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~@sesamestreet premiered about six months before I was born. I literally grew up with it. And then my children did. The Boy’s first word was “Elmo.” Some of my earliest memories are skits from the show. And that’s why we need to talk about... Roosevelt Franklin. #Sesame50
Roosevelt Franklin was a Muppet in the very early years of @sesamestreet, and he was clearly Black. Not just voiced by @hollyrpeete’s dad Matt, but meant to represent Black kids. But Franklin was seen as both too Black & not Black enough.… #Sesame50
I LOVED Roosevelt Franklin in @sesamestreet. I had his album (judge me not). And even though he was purple, I identified with him. I KNEW he was Black like me, even at 5. One could also say he introduced kids to hip hop. Here he is with his mom. #Sesame50
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